A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure element — Apple has brought design and development of the A11 Bionic processor even more in-house with the eradication of outside solutions, allowing the company to speed up and further integrate the new chip’s various processes more than it ever has before. The effort appears to have paid off, from a raw performance perspective. Early benchmarks of devices purporting to use the new chip test the A11 Bionic as notably faster in every regard than the processor found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8. This new CPU has also allowed Apple to go all-in on augmented reality.
Apple’s iPhone 8 & 8 Plus use smaller batteries, maintain battery life — Apple has actually shrunk the batteries in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus compared to their predecessors while maintaining the same longevity, filings with the Chinese government show. Here are the differences between the two 8 models (other than size).
Should you preorder Apple’s iPhone 8, or wait for iPhone X? The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now available for preorder ahead of next Friday’s launch. But with the iPhone X so close behind, prospective buyers may have a hard time choosing between the two. AppleInsider offers some video insight to help you make your big buying decision. [For me it’s simple: cost.] There is also discussion about the X’s so-called ‘notch‘ in the screen.
Apple removes fake iOS ‘virus-scanning’ apps — Apple has updated its developer app review guidelines for the App Store, and says iPhone antivirus apps aren’t allowed anymore. Fake apps that claim to scan for viruses have been around for a while. But now Apple is banning them [cos there aren’t any viruses, unlike for Android].
HELIO is a 5200mAh solar-powered portable battery with built-in lamp – Makers4Good has a project on Kickstarter called HELIO. It’s a solar-powered portable battery with a built in lamp and emergency beacon. And the company is doing something very cool: 100% of the profits from HELIO will be used for charities working to bring solar power and light to the developing world. HELIO blew past its US$10,000 funding goal in two days, topping US$18,000 with 48 days to go
Apple starts rolling out 4K HDR iTunes content ahead of Apple TV 4K launch — Apple has begun began rolling out 4K HDR movies on its iTunes Store, content that customers will be able to stream using the company’s new Apple TV 4K set-top box come next week.
Apple airs Apple Watch Series 3 ad showcasing Apple Music over LTE, AirPods support — Apple on Friday posted to its official YouTube channel a new commercial hyping Apple Watch Series 3 and the device’s ability to stream Apple Music over cellular networks.